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§ 73.3550 Requests for new or modified call sign assignments.
(a) All requests for new or modified call sign assignments for radio
and television broadcast stations shall be made via the FCC's on-line
call sign reservation and authorization system accessible through the
Internet's World Wide Web by specifying http://www.fcc.gov. Licensees
and permittees may utilize this on-line system to determine the
availability and licensing status of any call sign; to select an
initial call sign for a new station; to change a station's currently
assigned call sign; to modify an existing call sign by adding or
deleting an “-FM” or “-TV” suffix; to exchange call signs with another
licensee or permittee in the same service; or to reserve a different
call sign for a station being transferred or assigned.
(b) No request for an initial call sign assignment will be accepted
from a permittee for a new radio or full-service television station
until the FCC has granted a construction permit. Each such permittee
shall request the assignment of its station's initial call sign
expeditiously following the grant of its construction permit. All
initial construction permits for low power TV stations will be issued
with a five-character low power TV call sign, in accordance with
§ 74.783(d) of this chapter.
(c) Following the filing of a transfer or assignment application, the
proposed assignee/transferee may request a new call sign for the
station whose license or construction permit is being transferred or
assigned. No change in call sign assignment will be effective until
such transfer or assignment application is granted by the FCC and
notification of consummation of the transaction is received by the FCC.
(d) Where an application is granted by the FCC for transfer or
assignment of the construction permit or license of a station whose
existing call sign conforms to that of a commonly-owned station not
part of the transaction, the new licensee of the transferred or
assigned station shall expeditiously request a different call sign,
unless consent to retain the conforming call sign has been obtained
from the primary holder and from the licensee of any other station that
may be using such conforming call sign.
(e) Call signs beginning with the letter “K” will not be assigned to
stations located east of the Mississippi River, nor will call signs
beginning with the letter “W” be assigned to stations located west of
the Mississippi River.
(f) Only four-letter call signs (plus an LP, FM, TV or CA suffix, if
used) will be assigned. The four letter call sign for LPFM stations
will be followed by the suffix “-LP.” However, subject to the other
provisions of this section, a call sign of a station may be conformed
to a commonly owned station holding a three-letter call assignment
(plus FM, TV, CA or LP suffixes, if used).
(g) Subject to the foregoing limitations, applicants may request call
signs of their choice if the combination is available. Objections to
the assignment of requested call signs will not be entertained at the
FCC. However, this does not hamper any party from asserting such rights
as it may have under private law in some other forum. Should it be
determined by an appropriate forum that a station should not utilize a
particular call sign, the initial assignment of a call sign will not
serve as a bar to the making of a different assignment.
(h) Stations in different broadcast services (or operating jointly in
the 535-1605 kHz band and in the 1605-1705 kHz band) which are under
common control may request that their call signs be conformed by the
assignment of the same basic call sign if that call sign is not being
used by a non-commonly owned station. For the purposes of this
paragraph, 50% or greater common ownership shall constitute a prima
facie showing of common control.
(i) The provisions of this section shall not apply to International
broadcast stations or to stations authorized under part 74 of this
chapter (except as provided in § 74.783).
(j) A change in call sign assignment will be made effective on the date
specified in the postcard acknowledging the assignment of the requested
new call sign and authorizing the change. Unless the requested change
in call sign assignment is subject to a pending transfer or assignment
application, the requester is required to include in its on-line call
sign request a specific effective date to take place within 45 days of
the submission of its electronic call sign request. Postponement of the
effective date will be granted only in response to a timely request and
for only the most compelling reasons.
(k) Four-letter combinations commencing with “W” or “K” which are
assigned as call signs to ships or to other radio services are not
available for assignment to broadcast stations, with or without the
“-FM” or “-TV” suffix.
(l) Users of nonlicensed, low-power devices operating under part 15 of
this chapter may use whatever identification is currently desired, so
long as propriety is observed and no confusion results with a station
for which the FCC issues a license.
(m) Where a requested call sign, without the “-FM,' “-TV,” “-CA” or
“LP” suffix, would conform to the call sign of any other non-commonly
owned station(s) operating in a different service, an applicant
utilizing the on-line reservation and authorization system will be
required to certify that consent to use the secondary call sign has
been obtained from the holder of the primary call sign.
[ 63 FR 71603 , Dec. 29, 1998, as amended at 65 FR 30007 , May 10, 2000]
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